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Link to full record and imageThe impact of McKay farm machinery was felt worldwide. The company developed Australia's early export markets to Argentina, Russia, Chile, Britain, South Africa, and New Zealand. Massey Ferguson later expanded this export market to over 160 countries.

In 1904 McKay claimed that American manufacturers were pirating his harvester and "dumping" cheap imports onto the Australian market. He was a strong advocate for tariff laws that would protect the local market and control foreign competition.

The 20th century saw many changes in the name of the company, reflecting the move towards a global economy, the changing fortunes of the agricultural industry, and the increasing foreign ownership and control of the McKay company.


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